Updated Feb. 26, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

Premium Lock IBM layoffs off to quiet start in U.S. with one report; union still expects thousands of job cuts

Published: 2014-02-26 07:21:00
Updated: 2014-02-26 13:54:19

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A $1 billion "rebalancing" of its workforce as IBM describes its latest round of layoffs was expected to begin in the U.S. today, internal sources had told the union seeking to represent IBM workers. One group was reported to have been hit in Arizona. Meanwhile, the union has been told of more cuts in India and in Taiwan. Those reports are unconfirmed....

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I am a US employee in RTP and can confirm that RTP layoffs have started in some business units today
IBM is hardly another Nortel. It has steadily been moving out of the manufacturing business and into the services business. Once upon a time IBM would have retrained people that worked in areas that were seeing end of life. That is no longer a viable strategy nor has it been a viable strategy for quite a few decades. The trend of fewer people is going to continue, and not just for IBM. We are well into an era where fewer and fewer people are going to be needed. I wish our Governments would catch up with this trend. Instead the tendency is to be labor intensive even in areas where it no longer needs to be labor intensive. Education is one such area.
From what I have heard and seen, employment with IBM is a existence of always waiting for the axe to fall. The biggest problem with the cuts is they have nothing to do with business needs. Unless, you consider cutting cost at the expense of service, a business need. You are just a name on a spreadsheet. Your position may be needed and valued, but if the spreadsheet jockey says it is your time or you are close to gaining some retirement benefits, see ya. They rarely even check with your direct manager before they let you go.
I remember when IBM was a real company to work for, like SAS kind of.
Why would anyone want to work for IBM anymore? I've lived in Raleigh for the past 12 years and all I ever hear from them is "thousands of layoffs feared" in different stories, for different reasons/projects, year after year. They've gone from a powerhouse to a cautionary tale (another Nortel).
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